Brenda Gregorio-Nieto

Coast Guard Flies 74-Year-Old Cruise Ship Passenger to Shore Following Medical Emergency

The patient was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla by helicopter

The U.S. Coast Guard had to airlift a 74-year-old man to a hospital after he displayed symptoms of a heart attack while on a cruise ship.

On March 10 at around 6:30 p.m., the Emerald Princess called on the local Coast Guard for assistance. The cruise ship was roughly 28 miles off the county’s coast at this time.

In a MH-60 Jayhawk, Coast Guard crews flew to the ship to help the 74-year-old passenger.

The man reportedly had symptoms of a heart attack and gastrointestinal distress.

On the Emerald Princess, the Jayhawk hoisted the man and a cruise ship’s medic into the helicopter to fly back to shore.

The Coast Guard transported the patient to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla where he was transferred to awaiting medical personnel.

The patient was reported to be in stable condition.

No other information was available.

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